The Academic Reading test is 60 minutes long.
There are 3 sections. The total text length is 2,150-2,750 words.
Each section contains one long text.
Texts are authentic and are taken from books, journals, magazines and newspapers. They have been written for a non-specialist audience and are on academic topics of general interest.
Texts are appropriate to, and accessible to, test-takers entering undergraduate or postgraduate courses, or seeking professional registration.
Texts range from descriptive and factual to the discursive and analytical.
Texts may contain non-verbal materials, such as diagrams, graphs or illustrations.
If texts contain technical terms, a simple glossary is provided.
A variety of questions is used, chosen from the following types: multiple choice, identifying information, identifying writer’s views/claims, matching information, matching headings, matching features, matching sentence endings, sentence completion, summary completion, note completion, table completion, flow-chart completion, diagram label completion, short-answer questions.
Each correct answer receives 1 mark. Scores out of 40 are converted to the IELTS 9-band scale. Scores are reported in whole and half bands.